Developing Mindful Students, Skillful Thinkers, Thoughtful Schools

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Learning outside the box begins with a thought

Grounded in the research of the best proponents of critical thinking and aligned to one of the key goals of the Common Core State Standards, this book shows school leaders how to build a thinking culture within the entire learning community. Included are numerous strategies for both teachers and leaders that demonstrate how to:

  • Shape the school culture so that it promotes a common vision around thinking
  • Create classroom conditions that help students become mindful thinkers
  • Ask questions that develop skillful thinking
  • Help students formulate questions that facilitate problem solving
  • Work with parents to encourage skillful thinking in their children

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Editorial Reviews

October 2012 NSTA
"The extensive knowledge, research, and unique experiences of the authors creates an approach to teaching and learning in the 21st century that all teachers should embrace."
Susan Stewart
"The authors have used their unique experiences and extensive knowledge of teaching and learning.Thetext integrates research from various resources that comes together in a unique approach to guide the transition to 21st century learning classrooms."
Claudia J. Thompson
"Developing Mindful Students, Skillful Thinkers, Thoughtful Schools is very well written and uses excellent examples that make the topics come alive for the readers."
Lynn Macan
"The book not only tells the 'what', but reinforces why metacognition is so important for teaching children and adults, then elaborates on the 'how.'"
"The extensive knowledge, research, and unique experiences of the authors creates an approach to teaching and learning in the 21st century that all teachers should embrace. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452220147
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/20/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 674,959
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Learn more about Martin Buoncristiani's PD offerings

Dr. Martin Buoncristiani is an emeritus professor of physics at Christopher Newport University in the USA. He has been dedicated to science and mathematics education for over thirty five years. In his involvement in curricular development for the university he has been a strong advocate of adapting teaching methods to our current understanding of how people learn. His scientific research has focused on lasers and optical science and he was awarded the NASA Public Service Medal for his work developing instruments for atmospheric study. Throughout his career he has addressed K-12 science education, beginning with promotion of computers in the classroom in the 1970’s and extending to the introduction of critical thinking skills in the current decade.

Learn more about Pat Buoncristiani's PD offerings

Pat Buoncristiani has spent over thirty years as an educator committed to the belief that learning how to think is the foundation for every successful learner. She has been a classroom teacher, a teachers college lecturer and, most recently, a school principal in both Australia and the USA. Her experience includes work with school systems in the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. She has had extensive experience training educators in early literacy development, behavior management and the development of thinking based curricula.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Arthur L. Costa
About the Authors
1. Some Game Changers: The Brain, Intelligence, and the Role of Metacognition
2. How People Learn
3. Deconstructing Metacognition
4. Behaving Metacognitively: Habits of Mind
5. The Wright Brothers: An Example of Skillful Thinking
6. The Language of Thinking: How can I know what I think until I hear what I say?
7. Creative Problem Solving
8. Knowledge Networks: The Organization of Knowledge to Facilitate Metacognition
9. The Metacognitive Classroom
10. Two Powerful Classroom Tools
11. Creating a Metacognitive Learning Community: School and Home
Resources for Teachers
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